Review: ‘Guaranteed’ cheesy fun
Four Stars out of Five
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
It seems as though Netflix subscribers are guaranteed a new, sappy rom-com every week.
The streaming platform continued its endless thread of cheesy original films with the release of “Love Guaranteed” on Sept. 3.
Seattle lawyer Susan Whitaker (played by Rachael Leigh Cook) has a big heart and strong work ethic. She owns a law firm with a small, yet mighty, three-person staff, herself included.
After defending countless clients free of charge, Whitaker and Associates is drowning in bills.
Susan drives a clunker, an orange vintage Volkswagen, with a handle that falls off every time she opens or closes the door.
She lives next door to her sister Melanie, brother-in-law Gideon, and nephew Oliver. Susan describes Gideon as the “world’s worst landlord,” as he knows her job situation and charges her next to nothing for rent.
Susan’s luck begins to change when she meets a new, charismatic, high-paying client, Nick Evans (played by Damon Wayans Jr.) while grabbing her morning coffee.
Nick tells Susan he wants to sue the renowned dating website and app, Love Guaranteed, after nearly 1,000 failed online dates. He claims the site robs its subscribers of $29.95 per month, while claiming users are guaranteed to find love with it.
Susan is initially reluctant after Nick explains the company’s fine print details to her, as she believes he is not genuinely searching for love, but rather looking to make a quick buck.
Having never dated online herself, Susan’s co-workers insist she test out Love Guaranteed, and go ahead and create a profile for her. She is hesitant at first but inevitably agrees, citing it as “research purposes.” Susan goes on to have three failed dates of her own.
The pair grow closer as the movie progresses and Susan begins to wonder if she was too quick to judge Nick.
After a meeting with the founder and CEO of Love Guaranteed, Tamara Taylor (played by Heather Graham), Susan and Nick decide to take the case to court instead of settling.
The movie’s somewhat predictable ending is still bound to leave the audience feeling warm and fuzzy inside.